We’re talking rich pasta dishes, flavorful paninis, silky gelatos and smokin’ hot pizzas.
With Rome being the capital of Italy, it’s no surprise that it would be notorious for its Italian food. We’re talking rich pasta dishes, flavorful panini’s, silky gelatos and smokin’ hot pizzas. In such a big city it might be difficult to narrow down just one or two places you want to try. Here are our top picks for some of the best Italian food in the Eternal City.
Hours: Mon – 7:45-11pm, Tues-Sat – 12:45-3pm, 7:45-11pm, Closed Sun
This family owned trattoria is a definite must if you want authentic Roman dining. With red and white checkered table cloths in a homely dining area, you definitely get the classic Italian vibe. Da Danilo is famous for its beautifully crafted carbonara, but you also can’t go wrong with a more simpler dish of calcio e pepe or plain tomato sauce. Be warned, Italians like their pasta very al dente, which might seem odd at first, but they know what they’re doing so don’t question it.
Hours: Mon-Sat – 7pm-1am
Roman style pizza is super thin and crispy, and that’s just the kind of pizza you’ll find at Da Remo. With charred edges from the wood burning oven the pizza is made in, you won’t find pizza quite like it anywhere else. The simpler the better here, with the classic margherita or marinara being the star. If you want something with a bit more, try the diavola which has spicy salami. If you plan on going after 8pm, be prepared to wait a bit as it’s a definite hotspot in the more hipster area of Rome.
Hours: 11:30am-12am everyday
With a cozy atmosphere and quaint setting, La Prosciutteria is the place to go for local meats, cheeses, and even wines! While they do serve paninis, the meat and cheese platter featuring a selection of (you guessed it) meats and cheeses is super popular as well. Take that with a nice glass of wine to a table and you’re good to go. It’s even by the Trevi fountain so you can do a little sightseeing with a delicious sandwich in hand.
Hours: 6:30pm-2am everyday
For those who don’t know, aperitivo is a drink and/or light meal that takes place as a sort of warm up for dinner. The alcoholic drinks are supposed to “prepare” your stomach for the coming meal, and you can’t have a drink without some food so there’s normally a light spread that comes with it. If you want the best aperitivo in Rome, head over to Freni e Frizioni in the happening Trastevere neighborhood. You’ll find delicious cocktails ranging from the typical aperol spritz to whatever your mixology brain can think of. There’s also a solid buffet in the back which has anything from meats and cheeses to bruschetta and pizza. It’s a great atmosphere to sit back and relax with a group of friends.
Hours: 11am-12:30am everyday
Il Gelato di San Crispino is famous for it’s gelato, so much so that it attracts people from all over the world. It also helps that it was featured in the novel Eat, Pray, Love. Their traditional recipes have been perfected over the years, so you know it’s pure, authentic, Italian gelato. While they have flavors you would normally associate with gelato, like pistachio and chocolate, they also have more eclectic ones like ginger cinnamon, and fresh walnut and dried fig. Any way you slice it, this gelateria is a must try if you’re in Rome.